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Common Winter Olympic Sport Injuries

Every four years, the greatest winter athletes combine years of training and preparation to compete against the best in the world to earn a spot on the podium. But, like the weekend warriors back home, they can experience injuries that affect their performance. Even sports like curling and ice dancing carry risks. Here are some of the most common injuries for winter Olympic sports.


Downhill skiing

  • Knee injuries because the amount of force and shock applied to one’s knees

 Cross-country skiing

  • Knee and low back pain caused by the repetitive nature of this sport. Weak hip and core muscles, improper technique and training errors can also contribute.
  • Illnesses – the common cold and pneumonia can have a huge impact on our elite-level athletes


 Figure skating

  • Minor injuries such as lace-bite, blisters from ill-fitting boots.
  • Stress fractures in the lower extremities from repetitive jumping or in the lumbar spine from flexibility requirements.
  • Fractures, strains or concussion from falling while training or performing.

 Ice Dancing/Pairs Skating

  • Shoulder injuries from throwing and lifting their partner.
  • Overuse injuries from relying on the upper body to lift and hold their partner.

Speed skating

  • Overuse injuries in the lower extremities, similar to figure skating.
  • Minor injuries from skaters crashing.


Moguls skiing

Ski jumping

We wish for healthy athletes and a safe competition. Good luck to all participating athletes in the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Coverage begins February 9 and ends February 25.

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